- Friday 20th March 2015, 5:32pm
- Malaga and Brighton, United Kingdom
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Quote: Lawrence Diamond @ 20th March 2015, 2:20 PM GMT
> Are you getting this info from transcripts or actual working drafts?
Transcripts. The actual word count of 24 minutes of American TV sitcom dialogue is about 3,000 words.
My last two radio scripts = 3,019 and 3,037 words.
I'm not even particularly trying to get them a certain length. I guess I've just watched a lot of American TV sitcoms and this length is now second nature to me.
From what I've listened to, radio sitcoms don't seem to have a C story, so it's basically a case of writing in a way that allows you to massively stretch scenes out with monologueing or have "character building" scenes that aren't strictly necessary or... I don't know.
6,000 words seems a very unnatural length to me. I've written a two-parter with the A story carrying through but with a bit of a clunk as the B-story just suddenly switches over.
I would be genuinely interested to hear from people who have written 30-minute radio scripts on how you go about outlining that in a way that isn't a bit shit.
Do you count every single one of the words? Sounds exhausting.